kowhai

kowhai

[koh-wahy]
noun
a New Zealand tree, Sophora tetraptera, of the legume family, having clusters of golden-yellow flowers.

Origin:
1825–35; < Maori (w)hai

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kowhai (ˈkəʊwaɪ, ˈkəʊfaɪ)
 
n
(NZ) a small leguminous tree, Sophora tetraptera, of New Zealand and Chile, with clusters of yellow flowers
 
[C19: from Māori]

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